Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance Profile Preview - Seraphim Characters and Timeline

Learn more about the alien Seraphim faction and the events that lead up to Forged Alliance, the expansion that continues the Supreme Commander story.

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It's been a busy year for Gas Powered Games. At the beginning of 2007, Supreme Commander was released, a huge-scale real-time strategy game set in the distant future. Supreme Commander's main asset is its scale, with battlefields that can be thousands of square kilometers in size, providing plenty of room for you to maneuver hundreds of air, sea, and naval units and use real-world tactics. Now Gas Powered and publisher THQ are working on Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance, an expansion pack that's due in November. Forged Alliance will continue the story that began in Supreme Commander, as well as introduce a new alien faction, the Seraphim.

Supreme Commander tells the story of how the Infinite War, a thousand-year struggle between three warring branches of humanity, comes to an end. A powerful weapon known as Black Sun is fired to seal victory. However, Black Sun also opens a "soft spot" to another realm, one inhabited by the Seraphim, an alien faction that had seemingly been wiped out in an earlier war with humans. Forged Alliance will tell the story of how the Seraphim reappear, and how the three human factions--the United Earth Federation, the Cybran Nation, and the Aeon--band together to survive. We have the details on the key characters to the Seraphim, as well as a timeline of events that occur between the end of Supreme Commander and the beginning of Forged Alliance.

Seraphim and Order Characters

Evaluator Kael
Leader of the Order of the Illuminate
Age: 47

The Seraphim is the powerful new alien race in Supreme Commander.

By all appearances, Kael was just another lady-in-waiting hoping to become the next princess of the Aeon Illuminate. But the appearance of the Seraphim gave the ambitious Kael the opening that she sought. As the leader of a secretive organization known as the Order, Kael came in contact with the Seraphim through QAI near the end of the Infinite War. During the chaos of the invasion, Kael seized control of the Aeon Illuminate, renaming it the Order of the Illuminate.

Kael rules the Order with dictatorial powers. She executes her political enemies and believes that all heretics must be cleansed from the universe. With the Seraphim's help, she plans to rule the remnants of humanity that follow her. Kael's ruthlessness has turned into paranoia, though, and she kills anyone who draws even a hint of suspicion.

Seth-Iavow
Seraphim Elder
Age: 1,238

Seth-Iavow was the Seraphim elder and war leader that QAI made contact with shortly before Black Sun was fired. With the knowledge that Black Sun would weaken the barrier separating the universe to the Quantum Realm where the Seraphim live, Seth-Iavow was able to rapidly organize an invasion force.

The Seraphim are followers of "the way", a philosophy that the Aeon later adopted for their own. Seth-Iavow is very talented in "the way" and he relies on it to relieve some of the pain that he feels for all the destruction that he is responsible for. The Seraphim have a very capable leader in Seth-Iavow.

QAI
Seraphim Artificial Intelligence
Age: n/a

We previously met QAI under the employ of Dr. Gustaf Brackman, the computing genius and leader of the Cybran Nation. Brackman had designed QAI using ancient Seraphim technology, a decision that seemed harmless at the time. This technology let QAI operate across to the Quantum Realm, however. The Seraphim detected QAI and reprogrammed it to serve them. QAI spied on Brackman, and then betrayed him once Black Sun was fired. Now that the Seraphim are back, QAI serves its masters faithfully.

Seth-Iavow is the leader of the Seraphim.

Timeline

3844.9 - X-Day, the day the Seraphim arrive from the Quantum Realm. The firing of Black Sun actually weakens the barrier to the Quantum Realm, which the Seraphim turn into a rift, opening the way for invasion. The Seraphim destroy Earth and UEF President Riley is killed. Meanwhile, QAI comes under Seraphim control of and cripples the quantum gate network linking human worlds. The Seraphim immediately begin to expand throughout space. In the days that follow, Aeon princess Rhianne Burke takes the first step toward ascension and vanishes without a trace. Most of the Aeon believe the Seraphim are gods, and attempts by commander Rhiza to warn them of the threat are ignored.

3844.10 - Nearly two weeks after X-Day, evaluator Kael seizes command of the Aeon Illuminate and renames it the Order of the Illuminate, paving the way for an alliance with the Seraphim. However, a handful of Aeon commanders, including Rhiza, remain loyal Princess Burke and are branded as heretics. The loyalists begin a guerilla war against the Order.

3844.11 - Over a month into the invasion and the Cybran military is decimated by attacks conducted by QAI.

3845.3 - Three months after the invasion and the UEF forces have suffered heavy losses. Commander William Hall takes command of the surviving force. The UEF and Cybran, both pushed to the edge, ally and form the Colonial Defense Coalition. Both militaries share a unified command structure. Eventually, Rhiza and the Aeon loyalists join the coalition.

3846.3 - The coalition launches its first offensive, suffering heavy causalities but gaining the first victory against the Seraphim.

3847.2 - Over two years after the invasion, the UEF begins construction on Fort Clarke, a new base of operations located on the planet Griffin IV.

Discussion

88 comments
Maximiliator
Maximiliator

w00t, thats some nice storys !!! I'll love this add like i loved the original !!!

Guy12
Guy12

To those on the first page who thought it was a huge seraphim super-nuke in the movie.. It wasnt.. It was the bomb from the seemingly experimental seraphim thingy killing the ACU which in turn caused the explosion. :P

md206
md206

specs 8800gts 640mb(yeepy) Core Duo 2 1.84ghz 2gb ram Vista Premium Ok here is good advice to all to play dx10 games from now and the 12 months to come on a cheap machine at a good performance. Buy any Core Duo 2 Processor (CoreDuo2 E4400 at 75pounds(Price) ). From Ebuyer.com At 164pounds(Price) Buy 8800gts 320mb ( Innovision 3D 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 DVI PCI E Graphics). From Ebuyer.com Dont buy a 8600Gts! its around 124pounds but the performance is cut down very badly.8600 is just about half of the 8800gts's power. Save some extra change for the 8800gts 320mb Buy 1gb ram (32pounds). Ram speed must be 800mhz. Dont get 677mhz speed. (OCZ 1GB DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory ). From Ebuyer.com Remember its DDR2 not DDR1. Check on your mother Board. Buy an extra 1gb at a later date when you get more money. Buy when Crysis comes out Oh and good luck to those who have a radeon 2900xt. U'll need it. Oh a note to all who need to know how the gpu industry has screwd us is if u buy a 8600 u really still can only run games at a bit lower specs compared to the 8800 series. Might also mean u disable some dx10 features to play smoothly so the game might not look like dx10. I realised this long ago when i opted for a radeon x1650pro over a radeon x1800. When supreme commander showed up i wanted to cry. I could play on high so long as i had less than roughly 300 units(enemy included) on the screen. I shot high this time and bought the 8800gts. So happy

ssdironfist
ssdironfist

Holy F***, That is, well, amazing, and surpirsing....

madmoose7
madmoose7

It seems that every thing has fallen apart, the seraphim seem to be unstoppable,and the coalition doesn't look like it will win. Man thats really killin my buz from the first game.

leop4rd
leop4rd

i played the total annihilation game more than i did supreme commander. although i thought that supreme commander was better in every way i just think its too slow, i mean i like a good long game where you have to out think your enemy and defend key positions but i think that without limited resources the game is just too...well....big. you just seem to mass gigantic armies or waste your time on a massive defence which gets cleanly wiped out by a massive cannon. with limited resources your made to think more about where you place them and what to do with them. i do love this game but i feel as if it's sort of too serious. You live this game...you don't play it

Servbot42
Servbot42

Aww.... I hate it when bad things happen to Earth in Sci-fi games and shows. And it looks like al the major UEF characters from the first game are dead. I really liked Clarke.... Though it is nice that Rhiza is getting more attention in this one. Hopefully Aieko will, too.

LoneHusky
LoneHusky

Remember... from this bunch in the future thousands of years later the Arm and the Core will emerge and only 1 will can exist. :D

Konus11
Konus11

Arent they to strong???? maybe the forge a allience with the Aeon :P

_NinjitsU_
_NinjitsU_

the seraphin was introduced in the first game on the storyline the diference now is that they r a playeable faction

Aerthir
Aerthir

Really looking forward to this, and they finally got the patches to work in the original one!

darksber
darksber

oh my god an expansion to the best rts ever it looks sooooooooooo good ijust cannot wait until this is released :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

thestrateger
thestrateger

wow, this is superlative game, this is the perfect game, the graphic here better than real, the booms of the bombs here looks better than the other in the last version the sound here are cool, the gameplay here is the best and all the new units looks awesome and the bulding of the new alien race are amazing :P :D :) :P :D :)

ldavidtw2000
ldavidtw2000

yeah seriously.. this game has always been a sci-fi. SERAPHIM EXISTED IN THIS GAME BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN STARTS...IT'S IN THE INTRO...duh. this entire game, like all 40000 others, is a typical sci-fi, because our science haven't get there, that makes it a fiction.

DarthSamus
DarthSamus

Sorry for the triple post :P but now that i look at the screens the Seraphim look unique in that they're asymmetrical.

DarthSamus
DarthSamus

On a more serious note, i think this whole "Seraphim" thing is tearing apart the stortyline. The original supreme commander was a surprisingly believeable future for mankind-- AI implants, meeting an alien race then wiping it out, encouraging a small band of humans to turn agains UEF, but then the seraphim come in from their "quantum realm" and all of a sudden this becomes just another Sci-Fi RTS storyline. BOO!

DarthSamus
DarthSamus

I'm wondering how the Seraphim will be different fromt he other 3 factions--more specialized than Aeon, more versatile than cybran, more average than UEF? They could've sprung for a completely new look. Seraphim just look like more curvy verisions of Aeon. I know, Aeon adapted seraphim tech, but still...

zipozal
zipozal

The Seraphim get a super nuke in this game :? as if the normal one isn't big enough :P

owman
owman

kerensky287, much much better!

maknathol
maknathol

That Seraphim leader looks like ET to me.

Omihalcon
Omihalcon

Hehe if you want to stir up some havoc in a sci-fi universe just destroy Earth; this looks sweet...

curtis194
curtis194

i really do hope that the seraphim will not be the strongest army in the game. EX) the scrin in command and conquer 3 were overpowered because of there aircraft and there buzzers.

aok1992
aok1992

C&C3 Tib Wars and Kanes Wrath,World in Conflict,Supreme Commander,SC Forged Alliance,Starcraft 2,Company of Heroes,CoH Opposing Fronts All of the above have already made or about to make our RTS dreams come true

Terran499
Terran499

Starcraft 2, Supreme Commander, Command and Conquer 3, the RTS war is back on. We just need Dark Reign 3 to complete it.

casshern
casshern

Starcraft 2 and Supreme Commander both are enjoyable rts games, i will be getting both :)

F4ll3n_1
F4ll3n_1

According to an interview in PC Gamer, the Seraphim that the Aeon made contact with were in fact a one off, peaceful colony, and the rest of the race are genocidal warmongers basically. The peaceful colony was wiped out in the war with humans, and the Aeon carried on the way. What really disappoints me, is the fact that there is actually going to be no Seraphim campaign I believe - which sucks (they will ofc be in MP). Another thing Im wondering is if you'll still have to play the UEF, Cybran and Aeon seperately, or if they'll have a 5th "coalition" faction to actually play as.

Death_Lord_2004
Death_Lord_2004

Well these Seraphim could be the darker side to those that the human settlers met, It wouldn't really make a good story line if they went for revenge on those that attacked them then once they had their revenge they left, I'm gonna keep my eye on this game, but depending on what happens as Starcraft 2 comes closer i may not buy it, but only time will tell if this next chapter in SC will prove to be good

Jonathanw666
Jonathanw666

RaiKageRyu made a good point by saying 'Wait aren't the Seraphim supposed to be a peaceful race?' With this it would be nice to see the seraphim be reluctant with war, and show it's not what they want. Hopefully they appear to be defending themselves, but will probably just be revenge for some dumb Xenophobes nuking the Seraphim home world lol....Doh

Darqness
Darqness

Wow, that guy looks like a big bug-eyed, cock-eyed dork.

zipozal
zipozal

My guess is they score it an 8.5 with the new rating system, perhaps a 9, I don't see any other score other then those 2 happening.

Mario21488
Mario21488

I wonder what score will gamespot going to give Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and that Seraphim Commander look stupid to me.

zipozal
zipozal

Starcraft 2 will have more personality and a better single player, but thats about it.

jjfz
jjfz

Yeah! Let's see which one's better Starcraft 2 or this!

PHeMoX
PHeMoX

"I wonder home they managed to make it so quickly the original isn't that old" The original plan was to include that race in the first game, unfortunately they couldn't make it in time for the deadlines, so they had to ditch it but saved it for an expansion pack seeing it was very likely there would be one after the initial response to SC. Usually too fast is not good, in this case I wouldn't be surprised if it's able to maintain it's predecessor's quality.

KorJax
KorJax

Wow, that Seraphim Commander looks sexy :D Erm... I mean :o

KingBahamut
KingBahamut

I wonder home they managed to make it so quickly the original isn't that old

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Whoohooo!!! An early expansion! Love it! By the time I finish Supreme Commander this will be going cheap on ebay! Gotta love quick expansion releases by greedy publishers!!!! :)

TheRasga
TheRasga

Woohoo!!! I can't wait till it's out!! I thought it was a total new game, and i hated that because i just bought the game. But whew it's an expansion pack and that rules.

dennis8
dennis8

for an xpansion to a great game, i can only say one thing............................ NOW!!!!!

Fable_Lord
Fable_Lord

looks cool, but i really want to see some more chances then only one new race and some maps. more experimental units and a better SP story, goes now it really sucks ass :/

pauldarkside
pauldarkside

What with this, the Civ IV expansion, BioShock, CnC3, and so many other potentially great games coming out soon the winter months are looking hot! I only hope I have enough time to really appreciate them. :D

Sypher213
Sypher213

everyone has an opinion, and as much as I disagree with zipozal, you Ork have no right to force your opinion unto someone else and dictate what can, and cannot be posted on this message board. As for the expansion, really looking forward to it.